The run is broken into 8 stages, which approximate the locations of the old train stops. The train ran from the late 1800's to the mid 1930s and transported people and sugar cane from the capital city of Bridgetown, across the fertile plantations of the St. George valley, through the "country" of St. Philip, to the rugged east coast & up to the town of Belleplaine. You can read more about the history of the train here if you're interested. Quite cool.
We started training runs last Sunday so that the runners can have a chance to see all 8 legs of the run ahead of the big day. At the 2012 race, I ran sections 3,4 and 5 but pooped out when we hit the east coast and the trail disintegrated into a beach full of huge rocks. I just stood there and watched the other runners go... My ankles were not conditioned for that kind of running. They still aren't!
|Where I crapped out last year...|
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to run the majority of the coastal portion of the trail. My friend who was visiting from California came out with the group. He has over 170 ultra-marathons under his belt. Yes, 170. When we completed the measley 8K from Bath to Cattlewash, I looked at him expectantly "Well, what do you think?" He said, "Lauren, I'm used to trail running. Don't fool yourself - this was bushwhacking!" Apparently, it's not considered a "trail" if you're enveloped in bushes up to your armpits a mere 12 inches away from a 20 foot drop into the ocean? Hmmm. Good to note.
This Sunday we'll cover terrain I ran last year but I believe that every km of trail I can get under my ankles is GOOD. Of course, I've ordered trail shoes. New shoes rank right below a good crew!
Honestly, if they told me there were specially made shoes to get to the bathroom in the morning, I'd buy them. I'm a shoe suckah!
|Here they are! New Balance 1110|